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Monday, 30 November 2015 06:41 By Flavia Nassaka
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Questions on whether manifestos mean anything to Ugandans rise as TDA launches plan

A Uganda that works for everyone’ is what Go-Forward Presidential candidate John Patrick Amama Mbabazi and his coalition The Democratic Alliance (TDA) promise Ugandans.  After several postponements, the ex-prime minister finally launched his manifesto on Nov. 22 in a colorful event held at the Kampala Serena Hotel.  Inside the conference hall were pull up banners of not just portraits of the candidate but also artistic impressions of how the Uganda under Mbabazi’s leadership will look like.

“This manifesto proposes change that is both meaningful and measurable. It’s more than a public announcement of ideas or ideology.  It’s a manual upon which we intend to perform a radical reorganisation of Ugandan society,” said Amama while acknowledging a team of 13 TDA members that he worked with to come up with a document.

Democratic Party’s Norbert Mao was the chairman of the team – TDA Uganda Go- forward manifesto committee. Political party representatives that contributed include Uganda People’s Congress Olara Otunnu, Justice Forum (JEEMA)’s Asuman Basalirwa, People’s Progressive Party’s Dick Odur, Uganda Federal Alliance’s Beti Kamya and Social Development Party’s Michael Mabikke.Mao told The Independent that their aim is to create a participatory government where the public is actively involved in the affairs of the country. He said when drafting the manifesto, they looked at the problems of the country and it’s on those that they based on to come up with solutions. “It’s a cross pollination of ideas and it reflects the things we feel most strongly about,” he said.

Sunday, 22 November 2015 22:24 By Haggai Matsiko and Flavia Nassaka
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Amama Mbabazi campaigns in Mukono. Independent/Jimmy SiyaMbabazi shined in DP’s stronghold, can he sustain that outside Buganda, across the country?

As former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi embarked on the second week of campaigns, he defied talk that the numbers at his rallies would drop significantly the moment he gets out of Buganda, his strategists say.

Democratic Party’s (DP) Mathias Mpuuga, who representsMasaka Municipality and is part of Mbabazi’s top campaigning team has said that contrary to the critics view, outside Buganda the rallies are getting better by the day.

“I am satisfied beyond expectation,” Mpuuga said on Nov.16 when Mbabazi went through Kyankwanzi and held a rally in Hoima, “my candidate (Mbabazi) is proving critics wrong. A steady following is growing, that is unsolicited and that is not fanatical.”  He added that unlike competitors, Mbabazi has a message that will ensure people return to vote and most critically protect his votes.

Sunday, 22 November 2015 22:17 By Agnes E Nantaba
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On Sunday Nov. 8, Dr. Kiiza Besigye the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag bearer in the 2016 general elections officially announced his campaign team headed by party chairman Ambassador Wasswa Birigwa deputized by Kamuli District LC5 Chairperson Salaam Musumba. Besigye who has failed to trounce President Museveni on three accounts in 2001, 2006 and 2011 also chose Erias Lukwago the ousted Kampala City Lord Mayor to head the Candidate’s Special Mobilization team comprising other non-party members including Gen. David Sejusa, Ken Lukyamuzi, Moses Kasibante and Shifrah Lukwago.

During Dr Besigye’s inaugural rally at Nakivubo stadium in Kampala after his nomination on Wednesday, the Conservative Party leader and Lubaga South MP, Ken Lukyamuzi, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and former coordinator of intelligence services, Gen David Sejusa, addressed the gathering at the venue and declared their support to the FDC flag bearer.

Monday, 16 November 2015 09:36 By Agnes E. Nantaba
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John Ssebaana Kizito was 72-years old and the oldest among the aspirants when he ran for president in 2006. He ran on the Democratic Party (DP) ticket. Nine years later, it is a challenge he recalls with fondness and readily shares tips for today’s presidential candidates, especially Museveni who is 71-years old and the oldest on the campaign trail.

I met Ssebaana Kizito, now 81-years old, at his workstation at Sure House in Kampala. He still has his big smile.  And his signature hoarse voice has grown even hoarser. Even his dapper suits, complete with pocket-kerchief, persist. But he walks and talks with difficulty ever since his left side got paralysed a few years ago and he appears to speak and breathe with difficulty. But he is not one to be easily stopped.

“Few people in my condition would make it to work and deliver like I do. But, If I decide to stay home and rest, I would become weaker yet I want to keep strong,” Ssebaana tells me. “There is also a workload that I must handle and missing out means it piles up.”

As a result, every day at 10am Ssebaana will be at his desk at Sure House, one of the bigger and elegant blocks of offices in Kampala, which he owns. He works as the founder member and chairman of Statewide Insurance Company Limited (SWICO). His day is quite busy with the phone ringing often and a long queue of going in and out his office.

Monday, 16 November 2015 09:34 By Patrick Kagenda
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Presidential candidate Abed Bwanika began his campaign rallies in Kamuli and Buyende on Monday Nov. 9 while on Tuesday Nov.10 he was in Luuka and Iganga. On Wednesday Nov.11 he was in Namayingo and Bugiri and on Thursday Bwanika was in Kaliro and Namutumba. On Friday Nov.13 he will be in Jinja. In the week beginning Sun Nov. 15 Bwanika will take his campaign to the Lango Sub-region before launch his manifesto.  Bwanika who is taking a shot at the topmost office in the country for the third time is a born again pastor.

He is standing on his party the People’s Development Party (PDP) ticket one of the small opposition political parties in Uganda. Born on August 1, 1967 the 48 year old Abedi Bwanika lead campaign message is if elected into power his focus will be on youths and job creation.

Bwanika told The Independent, “We have opted to come as an individual party not under the TDA alliance because at first we were in support of the alliance and we thought it was the most viable way to remove President Museveni and bring change to this nation.  However the people who were putting the blocks of the alliance together, I think didn’t believe that we were worth being included because they never invited us into their meetings and it is for this reason that we as the PDP have steered clear of The Democratic Alliance (TDA).”


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